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The biggest single feature for the 2009 model year Mustang is the availability of three choices for the roof - standard metal coupe, convertible, or a panoramic glass roof, which has been expected since late 2007. The glass roof model shares the same basic structure as the coupe, and maintains most of its stiffness as well.
In addition to the new glass-roof option, the 2009 Mustang will also come with some added extras in its "Premium" trim, including SIRIUS satellite radio, ambient lighting, a satin aluminum instrument panel and an upgraded interior. The new GT Security Package consists of an anti-theft system and a wheel-locking kit.
The Mustang Bullitt will be returning for 2009, with an extended run of 3000. Previously Ford had said the 2008 Bullitt would be limited to a run of 7,700 units but customer demand has forced Ford to increase production. The 2009 Mustang Bullitt is powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 with 315hp and 325lb-ft of torque. Both the engine and suspension are modified with Ford Racing Technology to make it a keener sounding and handling beast than its other stablemates. Key exterior features include the traditional Highland Green color, 18-inch Bullit wheels, 3.5-inch exhaust tips, unique badging and gray-painted brake calipers. Inside, Shelby GT500-style seats and steering wheel, Bullit logos and gun sight graphics ensure the cabin offers a different feel to the standard 'Stang.
The 'Warriors in Pink' package will also be returning. Designed to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure - $500 from each 'Warrior in Pink' Mustang sold goes to the cause.
Available on the Mustang V-6 "Premium" coupe and convertible models, the "Warriors in Pink" package adds a pink ribbon and pony fender badge, pink Mustang rocker tape striping, charcoal leather trimmed seats with pink stitching, an aluminum-spoke steering wheel with pink stitching and charcoal floormats with pink ribbon and contrast stitching. Three body colors will be available: black, metallic silver and performance white.
Most of the rest of the Mustang line's features and options carry over from 2008, including the standard car's 210hp (156kW), 4.0L SOHC V6 engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic and the GT model's 300hp (224kW), 4.6L V8 engine with a standard five-speed manual and available five-speed automatic.